Quick Hitter Preview: Blackhawks vs. Predators

Hawks vs. Predators – 1/8/19

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After falling to the Calgary Flames on Monday night, the Hawks continue their homestand tonight against the Nashville Predators in a national TV matchup. Nashville looks to build on their two-game win streak, while the Hawks aim to get back in the win column. The season series between the two teams is currently even at one, with the home team winning both times. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM central time.

Three Things

  • The Blackhawks were short-handed four times on Monday night as Dylan Strome landed in the penalty box on three separate occasions. Nashville’s power play numbers (22 goals, 15.1% conversion) are not great, but the Hawks need to stay out of the box to avoid letting momentum swing in the Predators favor.
  • Henri Jokiharju will return to the Blackhawks lineup tonight after missing ten games while participating in the World Junior Championships for Finland. Defenseman Brent Seabrook missed today’s morning skate with an illness and his status is questionable for tonight’s game.
  • Nashville is nearing the end of a six-game road trip, with tonight being the fifth of those contests. Pekka Rinne shut out the Maple Leafs on Monday night, so the Hawks must come out of the gate quickly and pepper him with shots.

Projected Lineups

Blackhawks

Saad – Toews – Kahun

Anisimov – Strome – Kane

DeBrincat – Kampf – Perlini

Hayden – Kruger – Caggiula

Keith – Jokiharju

Gustafsson – Seabrook (Questionable, Brandon Davidson may slot in if Seabs doesn’t play)

Dahlstrom – Murphy

Delia

Ward

Predators

Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson

Fiala – Sissons – Smith

Jarnkrok – Bonino – Watson

Hartman – Gaudreau – Grimaldi

Josi – Ellis

Ekholm – Subban

Hamhuis – Irwin

Rinne

Saros

Laugh It Off

A game against Nashville? Time to break out the Mustard Tiger video.

 


Featured Photo: Matt Marton/USA Today Sports

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